Free WiFi plans moving forward in Leeds suburb

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Plans to launch a free wireless Internet network in a Leeds town centre have taken a step forward.

Council officers have now met with Morley Town Council over the plans, announced in May, to bring the free WiFi scheme to Morley town centre for businesses and visitors.

Funded by the town council, the proposals have been backed by local councillors and Morley and Outwood MP Andrea Jenkyns.

Staff from Leeds City Council’s Lighting team met with councillors in Morley about moving the plans forward this month.

The wireless network equipment will be installed on map posts along Queen Street in the town centre.

Coun Robert Finnigan, Mayor of Morley and chairman of Morley Town Centre Management Board, said: “We have brokered an agreement with Leeds City Councils street lighting team to attach the hardware needed to bring the scheme to Morley town centre on the lamp standards on Queen Street.

“This should provide what is needed for free WiFi to be offered to anyone visiting Morley town centre.” Organisers behind the scheme say they hope it will be officially launched early next year.

It will be used to expand click and collect delivery options for businesses in the town centre, as well as providing news on local events and offers.

Coun Finnigan said there had been “excellent support” across the town for the scheme.

Early plans to launch the network in Morley were revealed in April.

Coun Finnigan added: “We have had excellent support from our MP, Town and City Councillors and Leeds and Morley Councils.

“We hope to have the full scheme operational early in the New Year.”